6 days in Kelantan & Terengganu Itinerary

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Kota Bharu
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Pulau Perhentian Kecil
— 1 night
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Pulau Perhentian Besar
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Kuala Besut Jetty, Shuttle to Merang Jetty, Ferry to Pulau Redang
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Pulau Redang
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Kota Bharu — 1 night

The Islamic City

Known as ‘The Islamic City’, Kota Bharu offers a fine architectural mix of dignified mosques and old royal buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): examine the collection at Istana Jahar, take an in-depth tour of Muzium Diraja Istana Batu, and then examine the collection at Min House Camp. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Pantai Cahaya Bulan, browse the eclectic array of goods at Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah, then don't miss a visit to Wat Mai Suwankiri, then make a trip to Wat Machimmaram Sitting Buddha, and finally make a trip to Wat Photivihan Sleeping Buddha.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kota Bharu trip itinerary planner.

Kuala Lumpur to Kota Bharu is an approximately 6.5-hour car ride. In December, daytime highs in Kota Bharu are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Pulau Perhentian Kecil.
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Pulau Perhentian Kecil — 1 night

Small Perhentian

The smaller of the two coral-tinged Perhentian Islands, Pulau Perhentian Kecil remains more popular with the younger backpacker crowd due to more affordable living costs.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): kick back and relax at Long Beach, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Perhentian Island Mosque.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Pulau Perhentian Kecil trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kota Bharu to Pulau Perhentian Kecil. In December, daily temperatures in Pulau Perhentian Kecil can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Pulau Perhentian Besar.
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Pulau Perhentian Besar — 2 nights

Large Perhentian

Pulau Perhentian Besar looks almost otherworldly with its blue waters, lush jungles, and white-sand beaches.
On the 16th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Perhentian Island Resort Turtle Hatchery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Teluk Keke, and then look for gifts at Universal Diver. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Turtle Sanctuary Beach and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Pulau Perhentian Besar online trip maker.

You can ride a ferry from Pulau Perhentian Kecil to Pulau Perhentian Besar in 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Pulau Redang.
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Pulau Redang — 1 night

Pulau Redang represents a picturesque island paradise with clear turquoise waters, white beaches, and coral reefs teeming with exotic fish.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then step off the mainland to explore Redang Island.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Pulau Redang driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and shuttle from Pulau Perhentian Besar to Pulau Redang takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Pulau Redang can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
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Kelantan travel guide

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Flea Markets · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
The Blissful Abode
With its own distinct culture, charmingly traditional rural landscape, and a wealth of ancient history, a cultural trip to Kelantan offers plenty of attractions for tourists. The Tittiwangsa Mountains kept the state virtually isolated from its surrounds for centuries, with visitors having to hike for weeks to make it there. As such, it developed its own arts, cuisine, and a dialect that is unintelligible even to many Malay speakers. To bypass the mountains, travelers to and from the state took to the seas, which bred a maritime culture that often came under attack from piracy. High peaks, coastal regions, and fertile rice fields make for a diverse geography that's a delight to explore.
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Terengganu travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Islands
Abode of Faith
An area of impressive coastal settlements and natural abundance, Terengganu is part of northeastern Peninsular Malaysia. The state possesses a predominantly Malay culture (thanks to a limited history of migration), with mosques, traditional arts centers, and regal architecture providing the focal points of urban area. The region features waterfalls, wetlands, and forests in a state known for the tranquility of its rural areas. Along the coast, beaches are renowned for their calm atmosphere and offer prime snorkeling and diving sites.
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